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The plant has a production capacity of 7.5 million m³/day of agricultural drainage water. (Image source: Metito)

The New Delta Irrigation Water Treatment Plant in Egypt has been declared the world's largest by Guinness World Records (GWR). 

It is constructed by a joint venture comprising Orascom Construction, Hassan Allam Construction, Arab Contractors, and Metito, under the mandate of the Ministry of Defence - Armed Forces Engineering Authority. The plant achieved four GWR global records: the largest water treatment facility, the most capacious and operationally robust plant, the largest area for epoxy coating in structures, and the biggest sludge treatment plant globally.

These accolades were celebrated in an official ceremony attended by representatives from the JV companies—Hassan Allam Construction, Arab Contractors, Orascom Construction, and Metito—along with government officials, including Dr. Hani Sweilem, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation; Major General Ahmed Al-Azzazi, Head of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces; Mohamed El Dahshoury, CEO of Hassan Allam Construction; Karim Madwar, CEO of Metito Egypt and Managing Director of Metito Africa; Hossam El Reefy, Senior Vice President of Arab Contractors; and Ihab Mehawed, Managing Director of Orascom Construction.

The plant has a production capacity of 7.5 million m³/day of agricultural drainage water, playing a crucial role in the reclamation and development of 2 million acres in the western Delta region. Spanning an area of over 320,000 m², the plant operates at a capacity of 86.8 m³/second and boasts a substantial sludge treatment capability of 670.01 kg/s. This project stands as one of the most significant sustainability initiatives worldwide, incorporating state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and solutions. Completed within a record-setting time of 24 months, the plant is a pivotal component of Egypt's national water resources plan, aiming to ensure water security and promote prosperity and sustainability for future generations.

The signing took place earlier this year. (Image source: TAQA)

Together with Vision Invest and GIC, TAQA has completed all financing arrangements for the Juranah Independent Strategic Water Reservoir Project (ISWR-1) in Makkah region, Saudi Arabia.

The project cost, worth more than US$408mn (AED1.5bn), has been secured through approximately 82% debt funding from both local and international banks, including Alinma Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF), Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB) and Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD), demonstrating strong confidence from financial partners in the consortium's financial strength and the project's strategic importance.

TAQA holds a 35% stake in the project company and a 50% shareholding in the operations and maintenance (O&M) company, led by TAQA itself.

The Juranah ISWR-1 Project is pivotal in addressing emergency municipal water demand across the Kingdom, specifically in Makkah and Madinah regions during the Hajj season. With a total storage capacity of 2,000,000 m³, being developed under a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) scheme, and an additional 500,000 m³ capacity operational tanks under a Design, Build, Transfer (DBT) model, the project aims to significantly enhance the potable water transmission and distribution system.

Omar Al Hashmi, CEO, transmission & distribution, TAQA, said, “Achieving financial closure for the Juranah ISWR-1 Project is a significant milestone for TAQA and our partners. This project underscores our commitment to supporting sustainable development in the region and aligns with our strategy to expand our Transmission and Distribution business internationally.”

The Juranah ISWR-1 was the fourth transmission and distribution project being explored or pursued outside the UAE last year. In December 2023, TAQA signed an MoU to explore the possibility of becoming one of the shareholders in a project to develop a 900 km high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity subsea interconnector project between Greece and Cyprus. Prior to that, TAQA announced a strategic MoU for a feasibility study of an HVDC onshore infrastructure project in Romania. Earlier in 2023, TAQA invested US$30mn (AED113mn) into Xlinks First Limited, which aims to lay the world’s longest HVDC subsea cables between the UK and Morocco to transport renewable power to the UK.

The contract was formally concluded and signed in Westminster, at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) headquarters. (Image source: Bluewater Bio)

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